Buying A Stairlift? Here Are The Top 10 Most Common Questions people Have
Buying a stairlift can be a big investment for both your purse and your health so it's not a decision you are going to take lightly. If you are thinking about getting a stairlift installed for either yourself or a family member here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions:
1. Does A Salesman Have To Come To My Home?:
Don't be pressured in to believing that a salesman has to visit your home before they can give you a quote. As long as you can provide a basic description of your staircase, whether it's straight or curved, how many levels, any special requirements you have etc. they should be able to give you a rough price over the phone.
2. How Much Choice Will I Have?
Independent stairlift companies are not limited to one particular manufacturer so they are more likely to have a bigger choice of styles and prices.
3. I've Been Told My Staircase Is Too Narrow, Is That True?
Stairlifts can be fitted to staircases as narrow as 61 cm (24 inches) so if your stairs are that size or wider a reputable stairlift company will be able to help you.
4. Will There Be a lot Of Mess When It Is Fitted?
Stair lifts are fitted to the tread of the stairs not the wall so there should not be any mess as a result of fitting.
5. How Long Does It Take To Fit a A Stairlift?
A straight stairlift can be fitted in less than an hour. A curved stair lift takes a bit longer at around 4 hours.
6.How Long From Ordering To Fitting?
When necessary, a straight stairlift can be installed next day. Curved stairlifts are more bespoke but can usually be fitted within 7 days of having been ordered.
7. Can I get a Discount?
If you have a permanent debilitating illness or condition that makes a stairlift a necessity you do not have to pay VAT.
8. Is There A Discount For Over 60's?
If you are over 60, even if you are not VAT exempt you need only pay 5% VAT on a stairlift.
9.Should I Always Buy A Brand I Know?
The well known brand Acorn sell their stairlifts through independent retailers under the brand 'Brooks', the only difference is the colour of the panels are different and the cost is significantly cheaper. The moral of the story is that you shouldn't feel compelled to buy a brand simply because you are familiar with the name.
10. Am I wasting My Money On a Secondhand Stairlift?
A used straight stairlift will cost as little as £995.00 and that includes a fully comprehensive, 12 month warranty.